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The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) is pleased to announce the launching of its Child and Youth Studies Institute and invites interested scholars to send applications for consideration for selection as laureates, resource persons, and director in the first institute scheduled for October 2002. The Institute is an offshoot of the Council’s Child and Youth Studies Programme and is designed to strengthen analytic capacity on all questions affecting children and the youth in Africa and elsewhere in the world. The impetus for the introduction of the Institute was strengthened by the critique emanating from African researchers of the content and context of the development crises facing the continent and the link between these problems and what is now generally referred to as the ‘Child and Youth Question’. The Institute is, therefore, designed as annual multidisciplinary forum where participants can reflect together on a specific aspect of the conditions of children and the youth in Africa and, in so doing, contribute to the advancement of the frontiers of knowledge and policy. Each session will be held over a period of four weeks under the leadership of a designated director.
For the 2002 inaugural session of the Institute, the theme that has been selected is Children and Youth in African Conflicts and Post-Conflict Reconstruction. Through this theme, participants in the Institute are being invited to undertake a critical review of the relevant literature; analyse the empirical evidence which is available both form their own field work and other sources; construct conceptual, theoretical, and methodological tools that could help to deepen the knowledge, as well as advance debate; and consider the policy challenges which arise from their scholarly interventions. For this purpose, the resources of the CODESRIA documentation centre (CODICE) and the expertise of a team of experienced resource persons will be made available to the participants in the Institute.